Don Barclay has been a solid right tackle since taking over for the injured Bryan Bulaga last December. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Barclay as a starter - not that big of a surprise

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Much has been made about the fact that Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Don Barclay has all but sewn up the right tackle position.

To me, this really isn’t news.

Considering that Barclay played well from the time he hit the field against the Minnesota Vikings last December, and the fact that he really hasn’t had much competition in camp this summer, he’s the guy, he’s always been the guy and will continue to hold down that position unless injuries to him or others come about.

When David Bakhtiari was switched over to the left side to cover for the injured Bryan Bulaga, the reins for the right side were pretty much handed to Barclay.

It’s his job to lose at this point. The only way he isn’t the starter at right tackle on Sept. 8 when the Green Bay Packers open the regular season at San Francisco is if he breaks a leg in one of the final two preseason games.

Marshall Newhouse is Barclay’s main competition and he hasn’t done enough to take the job from Barclay. Newhouse has experience on both sides of the line should he be needed. He’s no slouch and would make a good backup should the Packers need to go that route. Barclay also has experience inside and could play just about any position the Packers would need him to play.

Ted Thompson’s biggest criteria for linemen is versatility. He’s achieved that with the players that will make up the final 53-man roster.

Barclay will be the starter come September. It’s not a surprise. The undrafted free agent is one tough buck. He deserves everything he’s earned.

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